Augustus Stearns, eldest child of Nathan Jr & Polly (Martin) Stearns, b. 26 July 1832 in Goffstown, New Hampshire; d. 4 Feb 1882 in West Derry, New Hampshire buried in Goffstown, New Hampshire

m. 4 Aug 1852 Sarah H. Emerson of Weare, New Hampshire, b. 12 Sep 1832, d. 1907; daughter of Obadiah & Eunice (Marshall) Emerson; Her ancestor, Stephen Emerson, was an early settler of Weare, New Hampshire.

Alternate surname spellings: Sturns 1850 Census Goffstown, New Hampshire index,

Rowell: Wilmont Rowell household 27 Dwelling 30, 1880 US Census Derry, New Hampshire list Augustus as, Augustin Rowell and his wife Sarah H., daughter Carrie E. and son Frank L. as Rowell in index, visual of page list Stearns,

Stevens: New Hampshire, Marriage and Divorce Records, 1659-1947;

 Children of Augustus & Sarah H. (Emerson) Stearns:

1. Ellen Stearns, b.1851 in Goffstown, New Hampshire

2. Mason William Stearns, b. 11 March 1856; m. Rachel Emma Fletcher of New London, daughter of William and Susannah J. (Hastings) Fletcher

3. Lyman Marshall Stearns, b. 4 March 1858; d. 28 Dec 1918 in Manchester, New Hampshire, m. 5 June 1878 Alnora Maria Chase of Londonderry NH, b. 11 May 1854, daughtet of Trueworthy and Nancy (Pettingill) Chase. They settled in Derry, New Hampshire. He was editor and publisher of checker books, and a professional player, having the rare gift of being able to play checkers blindfolded.  Published author and Checker Champion. No children

4. Carrie Elilsworth Stearns, b. 24 March 1863 in Lynn, Massachusetts m 10 Nov 1863 Herman Foster Nutt of West Derry, New Hampshire. Known Children Herman Elwyn and Bernice Irene.

 5. Frank Leslie Stearns, b. 7 Dec 1866 in Salem, Massachusetts, m. Abbie L Farr of Methuen, Massachusetts. Children: Harry (Henry) L, John H, Blanche E, Ralph M, and Frances May.

Augustus was most likely the male 5-under 10 in the Nathan Stearns Household residing in Goffstown, New Hampshire in 1840. Also living in the household was a male under age 5 [Lucien E. born 19 May 1840,] male 30-40 [Nathan Stearns,]  2 females under 5 [Elvira 26 Jan 1836 and Mary Ann 27 Apr 1838,] and 1 female 30-40 [Polly Martin 27 Aug 1810.]

 He was a shoemaker. He and his family resided in Goffstown, New Hampshire 1850;  Middleton, Massachusetts in 1855, returning to the old homestead in Goffstown, New Hampshire sometime between the 1855-1860 US Census. moved to Lynn, Massachusetts sometime before 1863 when daughter, Carrie E. was born; returning to Goffstown, New Hampshire before the 1870 US Census for. He worked in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1869, where he followed the trade of a finished custom shoe maker until 1878. One of his eyes was injured by chestnut burr, and from this injury gradually became totally blind. He moved to West Derry about two years before his death. Middleton, Massachusetts, Lynn, Massachusetts, Derry New Hampshire and Manchester, New Hampshire all were known for shoe manufacturing. Augustus was following the work of his trade.

Military enlistment 13 June 1863 5th District Lynn, Massachusetts: U.S. Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 for Augustus Stearns on Ancestry.  1 July 1863 was 31 years old, residing in the 5th district of Lynn, Massachusetts, trade a shoemaker, married, born New Hampshire, no list of regiment or date of former service noted in this enlistment record.


A Tidbit about Shoe Making

 Inventors had managed to create machines to cut out the different parts of the shoe and to sew together the leather that made up the top, but the last and hardest part still had to be done by hand. Skilled shoemakers would shape the leather upper part of the shoe over a foot-shaped wooden mold called a last and then sew it onto the sole, or bottom, of the shoe. An expert shoe laster could make about fifty pairs of shoes a day.


For more information on shoemaking read:

“The Shoemakers of Lynn, Massachusetts, 1850-1880: The Family during the Transition from Hand to Machine Labor”, by Milligan Jr., William H

The “History of the town of Dunbarton”, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, from the Grant by Mason’s Assign in 1751 to the year 1860, by Caleb Stark, published Concord, NH, 1860 had information on Elijah Stearns (pg 27), and Dr Isaac Stearns (pge 150 & 154,) but none for Nathan Jr.

History of the town ofGoffstown1733-1920 Narrative by George Plummer Hadley in two volumes: Link to read online

Genealogical and Family History of the State ofNew Hampshirecompiled by Erza Stearns 1901 Volume 1 pg 385-394

History of Goffstown, New Hampshire1733 -1920, A Narrative by George Plummer Hardly

1840 Census Goffstown, New Hampshire for Nathan Stearns:  Year: 1840; Census Place: Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire; Roll: 238; Page: 135; Family  History Library Film: 0014932; accessed 5 Jan 2017, image 25 of 31; 1840 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Sixth Census of the United States, 1840. (NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), Copyright (c) 1987,  June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998.

1855 Census Middleton, Essex, Massachusetts: Augustus 23 y, wife of A Stearns 23 y, Ellen L 4y

1860 Census Goffstown, Hillisborough, New Hampshire: Augustus 27, Sarah H 27,Ellen L 9, Mason W 4, Lyman M 2

1870 Census Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire: Augustus 38, Sarah H 38, Mason W 14, Lyman N 12, Carrie E 7, Frank L 4 (Carrie & Frank born Massachusetts) U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
Original data: Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registrations, 1863-1865. NM-65, entry 172, 620 volumes. NAI: 4213514. Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau (Civil War), Record Group 110. National Archives at Washington D.C. image 176 of 244 vol 2 of 4


Happy Father’s Day, Nelson William Stearns: My Paternal lineage


Nelson William Stearns
Nelson William Stearns

Nelson William Stearns: My father

Birth 08 Apr 1930 in New London, Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA

Death 12 Aug 1988 in Bridgton, Cumberland, Maine, USA

Nathan Augustus Stearns
Nathan Augustus Stearns

Nathan Augustus Stearns: My grandfather

Birth 01 Aug 1887 in Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA

Death 20 Sep 1951 in Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA

Mason Stearns: My great grandfather

Birth 1 Mar 1854 in Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA

Death 9 July 1935 in Newbury, Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA

Augustus Stearns: My 2nd great grandfather

Birth 26 Jul 1832 in Colebrook, Coos, New Hampshire, USA

Death 14 Feb 1881

Nathan (2) Stearns: My 3rd great grandfather

Birth 02 May 1801 in New Hampshire, USA

Death 15 Apr 1877 in Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA

Nathan Stearns: My 4th great grandfather

Birth 22 July 1761 in Merrimack, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA

Death Abt. 11 May 1813 in service of War 1812 in barracks of “fever,” Captain Mills Co.

John Stearns: My 5th great grandfather

Birth 17 Feb 1728 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

Death 02 Oct 1810 in Amherst, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA

Zachariah Stearns: My 6th great grandfather

Birth 06 Feb 1702 in Bedford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

Death 1795 in Merrimack, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA

John Stearns: My 7th great grandfather

Birth 1675 in Massachusetts

Death 14 Jun 1734 in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA

Isaac (2) Stearns: My 8th great grandfather

Birth 06 Jun 1631 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

Death 29 Aug 1676 in Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

Isaac Stearns: My 9th great grandfather

Birth 31 Oct 1595 in Nayland, Suffolk, England

Death 19 June 1671 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA


Sutton Genealogy Collection – Nathan Augustus Stearns

Nathan Augustus Stearns Genealogy page
Nathan Augustus Stearns Genealogy page



Sutton Genealogy, A Collection by Larry Bennett, Volume III O’Connell – Yongman, Sutton Historical Society


+ note attached

gs gravestone

# Sutton record

ID# and RN# are both used as Sutton Genealogy Collection Identification/Record numbers of the person

The following is a transcription from the Sutton Genealogy Collection about my grandfather Nathan Augustus Stearns. I am transcribing it as written. Note that my family records have Mason Stearns as being born in Goffstown, New Hampshire not Derry. I will not be adding any of my own information to the transcribed pages. I will transcribe them as Larry Bennett provided the information.


Sheet 1

HUSBAND: Nathan Augustus STEARNS (RN#2693)

Born: ca 1887+  Place: Sutton, NH+

Marr:  31 Dec 1920  Place: Bradford, NH#

Died: 20 Sept 1951#  Place: Sutton, NH#

Bur.   Place Lot 115D Millwoods Cem. Sutton, NH#


FATHER:  STEARNS, Mason W. Farmer, b. Derry, NH (No RN)

MOTHER: FLETCHER, Emma R. b. New London, NH (No RN)




WIFE: Lillian May NELSON (RN no. 2691)

Born: 10 Sept 1896#  Place Sutton, NH#

Died 11 June 1934#  Place Sutton, NH#

Bur.  Place Lot 115D Millwoods Cem. Sutton, NH#






1. F. Elinor May STEARNS (RN#2694) 14 Nov 1923#  Sutton, NH#

2. M. Nelson W. STEARNS (RN#6394)  8 Apr 1930#  Sutton, NH# Concord, NH # 3 July 1953 Shirley B. Pease (RN# 6395)




H-1 Occ. Farmer+

Below is a photo taken by June Stearns Butka of Nathan and Lillian’s gravestone. The other side is Lillian’s lists Lillian’s mother, father and brother. The Nelson Family plot lies next to the wrought iron fence to the left, as you first enter the Millwoods Cemetery. You can’t miss the Rose of Sharon bush next to the marker.

Nathan A Stearns Gravestone

Military Monday will return next week

Rev. Nelson Stearns  Ordination
Rev. Nelson Stearns

Family commitments have kept me busy with graduations, ordinations, birthdays and a family reunion. My body is saying rest time this week. I will return to posting after my rest and recuperation.

Those of you who have been following my blog know that I require these rest periods on occasion. You can slow things down but you can not fight hereditary.  I have posted in the past on several of my blogs about the importance of researching death certificates. The knowledge we gather provides us with health information that can aid in prevention, or at least awareness of inhererited diseases.  The old motto, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure.” This week is my ounce of prevention.

Happy Blogging everyone,

Dame Gussie

You Are A Stearns

Lake Masebesic – Auburn, New Hampshire


 I started this blog because I believe our legacy is worth preserving for current and future generations of Stearns. Maybe after reading these stories, you can see that you have some of the same qualities our ancestors had. That is because YOU are a Stearns, and there is a lot of history in your genes. Of everything you now know about them, I hope what stands out the most is that our family was the very essence of success. They treasured their family beyond riches or status in life, and everything they did was to make sure their children would have it better than they did. They faced a lot of adversity in early years, but changed the family forever because they simply said “no more” and refused to allow the same adversity to repeat itself for their children. And so the lives we all have today, and the lives of future Stearns, can in many ways be attributed to their hard work and the decisions they made many years ago. They are proof that no matter how good or bad you have it; you can always choose to make it better through hard work and a lot of love.

Another lesson that I hope stays with you is that because you have the Stearns gene in you, you were born with a burning desire in your soul to achieve. When things were becoming difficult or mundane, they just dug in deeper and kept thinking and working harder. If you do the same, you will succeed. 

There will be times in life when you feel you are going through the motions and not quite sure where you are headed. It is at those times it is important to reflect on where you came from to understand where it is you want to go. You come from a legacy of hard work, triumph over adversity, and the belief that the most important things in life are God and family. When you need a reminder, I hope you will read this book again and it will help you find your way.

And finally, in whatever brings you joy, may you always have

“One More Time….For the Good Times!”


Stearns Family Tree Nelson Stearns’ Branch


Isaac Stearns                      m 1622         Mary Barker


Isaac Stearns                      m 1660         Sarah Beers


John Stearns                      m 1699          Mercy Davis


Zachariah Stearns              m 1727          Sarah B Saniford


John Stearns                      m 1751          Rachel Codman


Nathan Stearns                  m 1795         Miriam Blaisdell


Nathan Sterns Jr.               m 1830          Polly Martin


Augustus Stearns               m 1850          Sarah H Emerson


Mason W Stearns              m 1877          Rachel Emma Fletcher


Nathan A Stearns              m 1920          Lillian M Nelson


 Nelson W Stearns             m 1953          Shirley B Pease


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Nathan Augustus Stearns son of Mason William and Emma Rachel (Fletcher) Stearns, b. 22 Aug 1887 d. 20 Sept 1951, Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire m. 31 Dec 1920 Lillian Mae Nelson b.19 Sept 1895, Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire, dgtr of William F and Clara J (Chase) Nelson, Sutton, New Hampshire, d. 11 Jun 1934


 Nathan Augustus and Lillian Mae (Nelson) Stearns children:

 1. Eleanor Mae Stearns  b. 14 Nov 1923 Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire  d. 31 Dec 2009 on the Blue Moon in Lynn, Massachusetts;

m. 29 June 1946 William “Scotty” Smith Duncan b. 24 Sept 1904 Dundee Scotland, d. 21 Dec 1959 Saugus, Essex, Massachusetts; Children Lillian Mae Duncan b 17 June Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts unmarried no children and Jean Reid Duncan b 31 July, Lynn, Massachusetts m. 17 October Jerry Douglas Lane, Massachusetts b. 7 April son of Fredrick Forest and Dorothy (Rowell) Lane; child Matthew Duncan Lane b. 23 Dec 1980 d. 23 Oct 2000 had Muscular Dystrophy. He never gave up hope and was taking college classes at home and at the college. He was on a Junior College field trip to theScienceMuseumthe day he died.  He became ill and went to the hospital.  He was a poster child for Jerry Lewis Telethon forVirginia


    2. Nelson William Stearns b. 8 Apr 1930Sutton,New Hampshire d.12 Aug 1988 Bridgeton, Maine, Colon Cancer and Heart Attack

m. 03 Jul 1953 Shirley Beatrice Pease, b. 11 Jun 1935 New London, New Hampshire, d. 28 Apr 2001, Derry, New Hampshire, Children: June Lee, Vickie Mae and a still born twin, Marjorie Rae and a still born twin, Eleanor Ann, Susan Ruth and Nelson Neal


He was a Farmer, Woodsman, Road Agent, and member of the Grange, Masonic Temple and Sutton Mills Church, wife member of The Kings Daughters


They spent their lives in one town creating a life that has gone by but not forgotten because of stories told over the years. The stories of a victory garden that spelled USA in flowers; of growing and selling potatoes, strawberries, pies and jams to the community and finally of being part of that community as members of life. Life continues…


Nathan is my grandfather. He will be the last genealogical posting, other than research updates, for the Stearns family in regards to future generations. Our line will continue through our children. It will be their responsibly to post our heritage. Who was born, died and how they lived. Most of my siblings have children and a few of us have grand children. The Stearns surname for our line will carry on at least one more generation with my nephew, Justin. We have planted the seeds, are nourishing them, weeding as needed and allowing them to grow with love and support.

May their branches grow strong and reach for the sky that leads us to our Heaven Found home. Our roots are strong and deep. The hurricanes of time my have ravaged them but they remain and so will we.


A History of the town ofNew Londonby Lord page 484

Birth certificates

Death certificates

Marriage certificate

Census: 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940

Family papers and interviews

Grave Markers


Mason William Stearns second child and eldest son of Augustus and Sarah H. (Emerson) Stearns, b. 11 Mar 1854/55/56 Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, d. 9 Jul 1935 Newbury, Merrimack, New Hampshire(Stomach Cancer Bronchial Pneumonia)Buried Millwood Cemetery, Route 114 South Sutton,New Hampshire.

m. 3 July 1877 Emma Rachel Fletcher b. 7 Dec 1854/55 New London, Merrimack, New Hampshire d. 1936; dgtr of William Frank b. Massachusetts and Susannah J (Hastings) b.New London,Merrimack,New Hampshire

 Mason W. and Emma R Stearns children Sutton/New London,Merrimack,New Hampshire:

1. Flora Ellen Stearns b 15 Oct 1882 Derry, Rockingham, New Hampshire, d 5 Nov 1882 Derry, Rockingham, New Hampshire age 24 days from Erysipelas

2. Ina Stearns b 7 May 1884 Derry Depot, Rockingham, New Hampshire d 4 Oct 1884 Derry, Rockingham, New Hampshire; age 4 months 28 days of Cancer

3.. Mark Lyman Stearns (twin to Mason W.) b. 17 June 1885  d. 13 Nov 1965 m 20 July 1921 Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire Sarah “Sadie” M (Mitchell) Partridge b 1895 d. 1939, ( she  m1 Alexander L. Langley, m2 Mark Lyman Stearns no children with Mark.)  One son Robert Langley b. 20 Sept 1916 d. 17  Jul 1998

 4. Mason William Stearns (twin to Mark) b. 17 Jun 1885 d. 21 Nov 1888 Death record reads heart attack age 3

                                    5. Nathan A Stearns b. 22 Aug 1887 d. 20 Sept 1951, m. 31 Dec 1920 Lillian Mae Nelson b.19 Sept 1895, Sutton, New Hampshire, dgtr of William F and Clara Jane (Chase) Nelson, Sutton, New Hampshire (see next generation post)

6. Lulu Carrie Stearns b. 16 July 1890, Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire, d. 22 Oct 1985, New London, Merrimack, New Hampshire; m. 17 Sept 1906 John “Wilson” Perkins, b. 22 Dec1880 Kentucky, son of Franklin Benjamin and Mary Louise (Doll) Perkins (aka Ben Franklin and Minnie Doll Perkins) d. 29 Sept 1966 Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire two children, Clinton Elisha b. 12 Aug 1909 d 1 Apr 1972 unmarried no children and Ernest Wilson Perkins b. 1 May 1914 d 10 Mar 2004 m 25 Sept 1943 Alice Cleora Perkins, dgtr of Henry E and Ada L (Elliot) Perkins), no children. Family lore is he was married only four years.

 7. Arthur Stearns, Birth order unknown; I have found no back up documentation to confirm the Town History of New London, Merrimack, New Hampshire page 484 mention of him as Mason’s son. Maybe he is a grandson or Nathan A, with the A for Arthur, not Augustus as I had been told

Mason William was a Mechanic, Farmer, a member of the Grange and MasonicTemple.  The census lists the value of his farm as $8,000.

The 1900 census mentions that Mason and Emma had six children, three living. The 1910 census mentions a grandson Theodore M age 5 with Emma still recorded as 6 children, 3 living.

 I have not found a birth certificate for Nathan A Stearns. It may be possible that the “A” stands for Arthur. I always thought it was Augustus, based on family lore.

 I was unable to find a birth certificate for Carrie. The family records have July 16th, with the year blurred. I have seen it listed as 1880, 1889 and 1890. Most of the census information and her death certificate have 16 July 1890 as her date of birth. I did find a birth certificate for an unknown female born 15 June 1890. This may be her birth certificate as it is close in date and year.

 A trip theNew Hampshire’s vital records office is planned in the future to help fill in the blanks for each generation.

 I found Mason W Ste… age 24, Emma B Ste… age 22, Joseph B Fletcher age 27 and Susanna J Fletcher age 59 on the 1880 census Derry, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Joseph is Emma’s brother, Susanna is her mother.


A History of the town of New London by Lord page 484-485

Birth certificates

Death certificates

Marriage certificate

Census: 1860, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930

Family papers and interviews

Grave Markers


Enjoy the moment. Who cares if you get your feet wet?